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“An unprecedented exposé” — WEAPONISING ANTI-SEMITISM by Asa Winstanley reviewed by Lobster

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

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“Looking glass Labour: The Corbyn years and the weaponising of antisemitism” — WEAPONISING ANTI-SEMITISM by Asa Winstanley reviewed by Middle East Eye

Monday, June 5th, 2023

“In 50 years’ time, historians will look back on the period between 2015 and 2020 in British politics with bewilderment and astonishment.

For the whole time Jeremy Corbyn led the Labour Party, the entire media-political establishment turned its anti-racist spotlight remorselessly, relentlessly, not on Israel – a state condemned by all of the world’s leading human rights organisations for its apartheid system – but on its victims and their supporters.”

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Tuesday, May 30th, 2023

“Britain’s mainstream media, its Army and the Israel lobby all combined to ensure Jeremy Corbyn did not become prime minister, a new book argues.”

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“A very courageous exposé of a taboo subject” — Asa Winstanley’s WEAPONISING ANTI-SEMITISM reviewed by Jewish Voice for Labour

Friday, May 26th, 2023

”A fascinating, fast-paced read – a political thriller narrating the real-life story of an extraordinary and appalling mass hysteria and scam.”

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“One of the most consistent and compelling voices exposing the ‘Labour antisemitism’ scam” — WEAPONISING ANTI-SEMITISM by Asa Winstanley featured in Skwawkbox

Sunday, May 21st, 2023

“Journalist Asa Winstanley has been one of the most consistent and compelling voices exposing the ‘Labour antisemitism’ scam perpetrated against Jeremy Corbyn and the left to prevent a left-wing government – a weaponisation since confirmed even by the Starmer-commissioned Forde Report. In his new book, ‘Weaponising Anti-Semitism’, Winstanley provides a convincing history of the development of the smear before Corbyn was ever in the frame to lead the party – and the way it was used to help bring Corbyn’s leadership down after the left terrified the Establishment by coming close to winning the 2017 general election.”

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“Essential reading on Israel-Palestine’s toughest questions” — MOMENT OF TRUTH, ed. by Jamie Stern-Weiner, featured in Jewish Voice for Labour

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023

“In this compilation available from OR Books, Jamie Stern-Weiner has drawn together an incomparable selection of contributors to debate key questions concerning Israel-Palestine from the perspective of those committed to justice and national liberation.”

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“Labour anti-Semitism smears exposed” — WEAPONISING ANTI-SEMITISM author Asa Winstanley featured on Not the Andrew Marr Show

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

Asa Winstanley on the Andrew Marr show

Asa Winstanley talks about his forthcoming book, publishing 30th May 2023.

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“Direct action has a long and noble history” — THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE LITIGATED contributor Farhana Yamin featured in Financial Times

Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

“Of course, direct action is nothing new. Indeed it is a longstanding tool for bringing about social change. Apartheid, equal rights for women and basic health and safety laws were all won by decades of collective action taken by workers, women and people of colour. They combined protests and traditional political campaigning with an array of direct action techniques — including, in the last resort, recourse to hunger and general strikes.

Many of the steps taken by campaigners today draw on the past for inspiration. Emily Davison and dozens of suffragettes were forcibly fed in prison for going on hunger strikes before she tragically threw herself in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913.”

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“The Ciudad Juárez fire – and other circles of made-in-USA hell” — INSIDE SIGLO XXI author Belén Fernández featured in Al Jazeera

Sunday, April 16th, 2023

“On March 27, 40 men were killed in a fire at a migrant detention centre in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas. The victims hailed from Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Venezuela.

Like so many thousands of refuge seekers from around the world, they had been jailed in Mexico for the crime of aspiring to a better life in the United States – which forces its southern neighbour to act as deputy gatekeeper and migrant antagonist.”

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“CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin BLACKLISTED From MSNBC” — WAR IN UKRAINE author featured on The Jimmy Dore Show

Saturday, April 8th, 2023

For 50 years Medea Benjamin has been an activist, sticking her nose everywhere it’s not wanted — straight into the authoritarian, militaristic business of American empire. And where she was once welcome on that most “liberal” of cable news outlets, MSNBC, since becoming a thorn in the side of Democratic administrations as well as Republican, she’s no longer welcome to grace their airwaves.

Jimmy and Americans’ Comedian Kurt Metzger discuss with Benjamin her initiation into the world of social justice and the many struggles she’s been a part of since.

Watch the full interview here.

“Israel’s violence is open terrorism — stop calling it ‘clashes’” — INSIDE SIGLO XXI author Belén Fernández featured in Al Jazeera

Friday, April 7th, 2023

“Worshippers in Al Aqsa attacked, Gaza bombed again. But the Western media still equates the neck and the guillotine.”

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“Car Creditocracy” — CARS AND JAILS authors Julie Livingston and Andrew Ross interviewed by Public Books

Tuesday, April 4th, 2023

“Rather than presenting the intersection of cars, jails, debt, and surveillance as a distinct movement that we must find the energy and time to add to our list, the book presents “mobility justice” as a site that connects movements and deepens our understanding of how power works across intersecting forms of extraction and oppression. Another part of the magic of this study—and what makes it a pleasure to read—is the way it balances its rigorous analysis with the human stories that connect the conceptual dots.”

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“Peace Talk Canceled in Seattle—Twice” — WAR IN UKRAINE author Medea Benjamin featured in The Stranger

Monday, April 3rd, 2023

”Two recent cancellations of a book talk by anti-war activist Medea Benjamin raise questions about free speech in a time of war.”

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“Telling the Story of Temperate Rainforest Giants” — CANOPY OF TITANS authors Paul Koberstein and Jessica Applegate appear on Terra Verde

Friday, March 31st, 2023

In this week’s episode of Terra Verde, host Gary Graham Hughes talks with Cascadia Times investigative journalists Paul Koberstein and Jessica Applegate about their new book, Canopy of Titans: The Life and Times of the Great North American Temperate Rainforest, which celebrates the beauty and complexity of these ecosystems and uncovers how climate policy mechanisms that favor extractive industry are contributing to the ongoing degradation of this amazing rainforest.

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“Road to Prison” — CARS AND JAILS authors Julie Livingston and Andrew Ross interviewed in MarketWatch

Thursday, March 30th, 2023

“In the American popular imagination, the car is a symbol of freedom. But in reality, for many, it can actually be a trap. 
That’s one takeaway of “Cars and Jails: Freedom Dreams, Debt and Carcerality,” a book by Julie Livingston and Andrew Ross, professors at New York University (OR Books, November, 2022). The two, who work in a research lab at NYU with formerly incarcerated students, trace the pathways that lead Americans from cars to jails and from jails to cars and back again.”

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“Telling a Complete Story of the Pandemic Must Start with Workers” — THE WORK OF LIVING by Maximillian Alvarez reviewed in Workday Magazine

Monday, March 27th, 2023

“As the third anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic passes us by, the Biden administration is seeking to declare an end to the federal public health emergency, along with policies and benefits that provide protection and support for working people who kept the economy open and running during a planetary health crisis. In doing so, the president is leaving the states responsible for addressing gaps and protecting workers.”

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“The not-so-winding road from Iraq to Ukraine” — WAR IN UKRAINE authors Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies featured in Morning Star

Sunday, March 19th, 2023

The invasion of Iraq 20 years ago casts a long shadow over today’s neocon attempts to stir up World War III, write Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies.

“The US record easily matches, or arguably far outstrips, the illegality and brutality of Russia’s crimes in Ukraine.

Yet the US never faces economic sanctions from the global community. It has never been forced to pay war reparations to its victims. It supplies weapons to the aggressors instead of to the victims of aggression in Palestine, Yemen and elsewhere.”

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“Finding Solidarity in a Mexican Immigration Detention Center” — INSIDE SIGLO XXI by Belén Fernández reviewed by Jacobin

Saturday, March 18th, 2023

“Fernández possesses considerable literary gifts, but this book probably won’t get much mainstream attention. Even as discussion of domestic racism and economic inequality has gone mainstream, even after decades of US war crimes all across the globe, anti-imperialist analysis remains muted, even stigmatized. But if an engaging narrator and lively prose could help change that, Fernández would be that narrator and Inside Siglo XXI would be that book.”

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“The Road to Auto Debt” — CARS AND JAILS authors Julie Livingston and Andrew Ross featured in n+1

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

“FOR MANY AMERICANS, it is easier to acquire a new car than to find a rental apartment they can afford. But there is a high price, in sheer debt, to pay for getting that ride on the road. The average monthly loan payment for a new vehicle recently passed the $700 mark, a figure that does not include insurance and the steep costs of maintenance. Currently, Americans owe 1.52 trillion dollars in auto debt—a staggering sum that has doubled over the last decade, due in large part to the migration of subprime loans from the housing to the auto market.”

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WAR IN UKRAINE by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies cited in INTERNATIONALIST 360°

Sunday, March 12th, 2023

“The background to the war has recently been well-summarized in Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies’ book, “War in Ukraine; Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict” and in Benjamin Abelow’s “How the West Brought War to Ukraine”.”

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“Free Spirits” No More — CARS AND JAILS by Julie Livingston and Andrew Ross reviewed by Imaginations

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

“In CARS AND JAILS, New York-based professors of Social and Cultural Analysis Julie Livingston and Andrew Ross build on this theme, devastatingly undermining the mythology of automobiles as “freedom machines” and foregrounding the irony of tropes like the Buick “Free Spirit”. The book exposes the grim contrast between images of freedom and the reality of a society in which decaying or non-existent public transport creates auto-necessity that drags working people deeper into debt and, especially for people of colour, exposes them to the hazards of pretextual police traffic stops for “driving while Black”.”

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“An alert and knowledgeable public would demand an end to the bloody war in Ukraine” — WAR IN UKRAINE authors Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies featured in Morning Star

Saturday, February 25th, 2023

On the anniversary of Russia’s illegal and brutal invasion of Ukraine, the media coverage of this war reaffirms the old adage that the first casualty of war is the truth. Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies argue that renewed peace talks, not escalatory arms shipments, are crucial to end the bloodshed.

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“Who’s Winning and Losing the Economic War Over Ukraine?” — WAR IN UKRAINE authors Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies featured in Common Dreams

Tuesday, February 21st, 2023

“The losers are, first and foremost, the sacrificed people of Ukraine, on both sides of the front lines, all the soldiers who have lost their lives and families who have lost their loved ones. But also in the losing column are working and poor people everywhere, especially in the countries in the Global South that are most dependent on imported food and energy. Last but not least is the Earth, its atmosphere and its climate—all sacrificed to the God of War.”

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“How US police got the deadly power to stop drivers at will” — CARS AND JAILS authors Julie Livingston and Andrew Ross featured in The Guardian

Friday, February 3rd, 2023

“Between 2017 and November 2022, 730 people were killed by police during these incidents. More than once a week during that time, someone not being pursued or investigated for a violent crime met their death after a traffic stop. An alarming number were stopped on the pretext of any one of a hundred or more petty traffic code violations.

How did police achieve the power, and impunity, to stop motorists seemingly at will?”

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“An excellent primer for Western peace activists” — WAR IN UKRAINE by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies reviewed by Peace News

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

“Brief, judicious and well-written, this is an excellent primer for western peace activists or anyone else concerned about ending the carnage in Ukraine.”

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“Talking to working people about their lives, jobs, dreams, and struggles” — Maximilian Alvarez interviewed about THE WORK OF LIVING on Breaking Points

Friday, August 26th, 2022

This book is very courageous… It’s very rare that you have the voices of actual working people directly put out into the press and shared with the world.” —Krystal Ball, Breaking Points

Watch the full interview here.

“Building out renewable infrastructure at the speed needed to mitigate the climate emergency” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson interviewed on Democracy Now!

Friday, August 26th, 2022

“We need a public alternative which can be democratically controlled… so that we can be guaranteed that it’s a just transition which saves not just frontline communities but also the working class, more broadly.”

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“How much looted art is really out there?” — DECOLONIZE MUSEUMS author Shimrit Lee interviewed on Something Offbeat

Friday, August 26th, 2022

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“Biden’s Embrace of Saudi Arabia Despite Horrid Rights Record” — KINGDOM OF THE UNJUST author Medea Benjamin interviewed on Democracy Now!

Thursday, August 25th, 2022


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“Glimpses of a Homegrown Revolutionary” — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis featured in Capital & Main

Sunday, August 21st, 2022

“Mike Davis is the most consequential writer and thinker on Los Angeles since… perhaps ever. But his work roams far beyond Los Angeles, including popular and scholarly work on environmentalism, Marxist theory, urbanism and public health. He is also conversant in ‘hard’ sciences like geology, and can read specialized literature in fire science and climatology. Over the years he’s blurred the lines between these disparate fields. He braids them together with an indefatigable faith in a revolutionary project: nothing less than the liberation of humanity from human exploitation, which today also requires the end of humanity’s malevolent exploitation of the natural world.

His faith in revolution is historically situated, pointing toward a string of moments in which ‘utopian’ visions have flourished in the here and now, before crumbling under the weight of counterrevolutionary forces and internal contradictions, only to be taken up again. There have been large-scale experiments such as the Paris Commune or the Spanish Republic, and countless small-scale ones, like Christian Base Communities in 1980s rural Central America. Mike tells us that the future must be ‘excavated in the past,’ rescued from under the ruins of reaction…

At the core of Mike’s work is how he values the dignity of life itself — lived as equitable, healthy, sustainable. And not just human life. He identifies class struggle as the primary engine of modern human history, and he is also an environmentalist because capitalist exploitation violates not only the bodies of workers but the Earth itself.”

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